I have just read Mike Lupica’s snarky column in the New York Daily News with regard to Sarah Palin’s statements on the political situation in Egypt.
Lupica, who is best known as a baseball writer, lambasted Palin’s interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network which is set to air on the 700 Club today. He writes, “So Palin showed up on CBN to weigh in on Egypt, maybe because she thought all the real news outlets were taken.” Well, I guess this will earn Lupica a few more invitations from the limosuine liberal and champagne socialist set on the Upper West Side. But let’s consider this sentence:
She also questions the motives of the people in the street, the ones whose courage will make Egypt a better place when this is all over, whoever is in charge next month, or next fall.
Suffice it to say, I think Lupica swings and misses on this point. How can Lupica say with absolute certainty that Egypt will be a better place when this is all over? How can Lupica say with absolute certainty that this will be over in a month or in nine months? And how can he assume with absolute certainty that Mubarak’s successor will be an improvement? If anything Lupica reminds me of Andrew Young. When Young was our Ambassador to the United Nations he referred to the Ayatollah Khomeini as “some kind of saint.” And then his regime took U.S. embassy personnel in Tehran hostage.
So under the circumstances I think Sarah Palin is being absolutely prudent when she states, “We want to be able to trust those who are screaming for democracy there in Egypt, that it is a true sincere desire for freedoms.” Palin would like to hope that Egypt will be a better place than it is now but she cannot be certain it will turn out that way. Now there are certainly demonstrators who want a liberal, secular democracy in Egypt. But when you consider that the demonstrators are more apt to hold signs of Mubarak with a Star of David drawn on his forehead than build a replica of the Statue of Liberty it ought to make the Mike Lupicas of the world pause for thought.